Before the honey-sweet vocal harmonies of indie folk darlings Tegan and Sara, there were the Indigo Girls. Their brand of heartfelt folk rock had commercial appeal from the beginning, leading to a quarter-century-long career for the singer/songwriters, who continue to write and tour today. But as two openly gay best friends making music together, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have always gone against the grain.
Ignoring advice to keep their sexuality under wraps to avoid being pigeonholed in the industry, the two decided to let the music speak for itself and have used their public platform to speak out on issues that matter to them: feminism, human rights, the environment. They're not just the Indigo Girls; they're also entrepreneurs, activists, and generally great human beings.
Next month, Indigo Girls join Lyle Lovett and Huey Lewis & the News as headliners of the inaugural Lauderdale Live music festival on the downtown waterfront of Fort Lauderdale. We spoke with Saliers, who weighed in on everything from fracking to music festivals to Miley Cyrus.